Hitlist No.1 Completed…..Time to Reflect.

I think we all forget sometimes that it is the little steps that make a journey and in taking those little steps we are moving our lives in a new, exciting and somewhat unknown direction.  These items on the hitlist are just one small part of my weekly life.  As a mum of four boys I am often bogged down in the mundane and it is easy to feel like I am in groundhog day and going nowhere fast.  But as I look back at this hitlist, the photos, and the things I have done, I feel a little sense of satisfaction that I am at least moving and achieving something.  I am hopefully giving my boys a love of the outdoors, of enjoying movement in any form and a small taste of setting goals and working towards them.  So yes the hitlist items can be small things, but they are my goals and my chance to scratch out a little time just for me.  I have completed my first hitlist and I have enjoyed each and every item….except maybe the Perth to Fremantle crazy long bike ride!

Wahoooo all completed!!

Wahoooo all completed!!

Just a recap of the items on my first official hitlist…..

  1. Take the kids to Lesmurdie Falls
  2. Indoor Rockclimbing
  3. Complete the Statham Quarry Trail Walk (5.9km)
  4. Try a CrossFit class
  5. Register for an Adventurethon
  6. Complete the Lion’s Lookout Trail Walk (4.0km)
  7. Try a Hot Yoga Class
  8. Complete 100km in 1 week on my Stationary Bike
  9. Finish the Foam Roller and Fascial Release Course
  10. Ride from Perth to Fremantle and back

Ah so much fun…..now to post my new hitlist!!

By the way I am linking up with Essentially Jess’s IBOT (I Blog on Tuesday) today so go check out her fantastic blog and many fresh new blogs!

Lion’s Lookout Trail Walk – A Picture Safari

Completed another one of my Hitlist tasks but I am going to let the pictures do the talking in this post (a little homework task from the Blog with Pip course).  And you don’t really want to hear about how I dropped my map and had to chase that all over the place,  then realised 10 minutes down the track that I had left my phone behind when chasing the bloody map.  Or that I took a wrong turn and added in an extra couple of hills before I realised that I was going around the loop again (I won’t tell my hubby, I can see him shaking his head over my lack of ability in reading a map!).  The basic facts are that it was a 4km, grade 4 trail walk with quite a few steep up and downhill segments and it is probably one of my favourite walks so far.  The Lion’s Lookout Trail map can be obtained from here.  This is my photo journey of The Lion’s Lookout walk….

I have a slight obsession with coffee and I love my coffee machine.....

My day starts with this glorious machine….I have a slight obsession with coffee! 🙂

The walk starts at the lookout carpark off Welshpool Road East.  What a view!!

The walk starts at the lookout carpark off Welshpool Road East. What a view!!

Wildflowers are just starting to bloom.

Wildflowers are just starting to bloom.

The first uphill segment, I was huffing 'n' a puffing five minutes into the walk, which I love.

The first uphill segment, I was huffing ‘n’ a puffing five minutes into the walk, which I love.

View out over Bickley Valley and the Bickley reservoir.

View out over Bickley Valley and the Bickley reservoir.

 

I was trying to get a little fancy...haha...but beautiful day to be out!

I was trying to get a little fancy…haha…but a beautiful day to be out!

Crossing Lion's Lookout trail walk off the hitlist...BAM!

Crossing Lion’s Lookout trail walk off the hitlist…BAM!

Statham Quarry Trail Walk and the Zig Zag scenic drive.

One of the first things I did once we had settled here in Perth, was to visit the Kalamunda Visitor centre. Visitor centres are a wealth of knowledge and it is a good idea to visit if you are searching for inspiration on local trails. They are usually wonderfully interactive as well so the kids love them. My kids still talk about the visitor centre in Mareeba FNQ with the man on the toilet….don’t ask, but definitely worth a drop in if you are up that way! Anyway, I digress. Kalamunda Visitor centre has a whole stand on trails in the area which I am slowly working my way through. The Statham Quarry walk was recommended as being an enjoyable scenic walk and the centre gave me a copy of directions and map. The walk is 5.9km and is rated as a Grade 4 out of a possible Grade 5 rating. A list of all the trail walks and corresponding maps can also be found on the Kalamunda Shire website page.

After roping in a friend to come with me, we set off one fine day to explore. Since moving to the Perth Hills recently, I have been asked by several people whether I have done the Zig Zag scenic drive and I hadn’t yet worked out what and where they meant…until now. Instructions on the map indicated that we needed to travel to Gooseberry Hill National Park on Lascelles’s Parade and park in the gravel carpark before the Zig Zag began. Although we felt like we were parking in the middle of nowhere we decided to put our trust in the directions and map. This allowed us to come upon the Zig Zag drive gradually and feast our eyes on the view. I had my ‘aha’ moment as I looked at the very definite zigzag down the hill. Gooseberry Hill itself is quite scenic and I also found myself admiring the many beautiful houses built in this area.

It's really hard to take a good photo of the zig zag OK!!  You get the picture anyway, hairpins like this all the way down.

It’s really hard to take a good photo of the zig zag OK!! You get the picture anyway, hairpins like this all the way down.

The first half of this walk was relatively easy being the downhill portion of the trail. While the trail was clearly defined, there are many different offshoots which can be confusing. The directions were pretty good, however I did find in some places we had to stop and double check whether we were going the right way. There are small signs along the way but it would be easier if they had a few more at strategic points. Statham Quarry itself is pretty fantastic and the walk skirts around the top of the quarry and also passes below, so you get a great view of the quarry from the top and bottom. There is nothing to stop you going right to the edge but do so at your own risk!  On the day we went, rock climbers were making use of the sheer cliff face for abseiling and climbing.

View from the top....

View from the top….

 View from the bottom.

View from the bottom.

Stairs going down from the top of the quarry to the bottom.

Stairs going down from the top of the quarry to the bottom.

This was the turning point for the walk, which had been quite easy til now, and we found that we had come to the business end as it was uphill from here. There were a few difficult climbs, and both on the uphill and downhill sections you have to be careful as the loose rocks can trip you up quite easily.  Great walk and an easy way to mix your normal routine.  Some wildflowers were just starting to bloom, so I can’t wait to go in Spring.  It took us about 1 – 1 1/2 hrs at a comfortable pace with several stops to check the map.  Recommendations from Kalamunda Shire website advise walkers to allow 2 – 2 1/2 hrs for this walk.